Ferrari has confirmed that it will change Felipe Massa’s engine after his stoppage in the first phase of qualifying, even though the Brazilian later changed his tune admitted Ferrari will replace Massa's engine for the race that the most likely fault was within the gearbox.

Having already used all eight of his allocated engines this season, Massa – who failed to post a time in Q1 – will take on his ninth engine, negating the usual grid penalty he would otherwise receive, as he is starting from the back of the grid anyway.

The team also confirmed that it would replace his gearbox.

“I had a problem with the engine gearbox which seized unexpectedly, without giving any warning and so I had to stop out on the track: now we have to understand exactly what happened,” he said after returning to the pits by foot.

“We will change the engine as a precaution, also taking into account the fact I am last on the grid.

“I’m expecting to have a very complicated race, especially as we are at a track where overtaking is very difficult, but it’s true that anything can always happen: rain, safety car, who knows!

“I am very disappointed of course because today we had a very competitive car, as Fernando proved. I like this track but it seems that it does not bring me much luck…!”

Indeed, Felipe!

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Richard Bailey

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